Liverpool ‘close to completing deal for £9m-rated Real Betis centre back Aissa Mandi’ as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his defence after selling Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg
- Liverpool are close to completing a deal to sign Aissa Mandi from Real Betis
- Reports suggest the Reds recently made an offer worth £9m for the defender
- Mandi, who also has interest from Newcastle, can play centre-back or full-back
Liverpool are closing in on signing Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi, according to beIN SPORTS.
The Premier League champions are keen to bolster their defensive ranks and registered their interest in the 28-year-old last month.
Liverpool reportedly submitted a £9million offer for Mandi recently and beIN SPORTS claim a deal has almost been completed.
Liverpool are on the verge of concluding a deal to sign Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi
The Algerian international wants to join and only has one year remaining on his contract, leaving Betis in a precarious position.
A deal is expected to be concluded soon with few details left to iron out.
Jurgen Klopp is in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer after selling Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg for £10.9m.
Liverpool are in the market for a defender after selling Dejan Lovren (L) to Zenit St Petersburg
Mandi’s versatility is believed to be an attractive proposition for the Reds with the centre-back also capable of filling in as a full-back.
Steve Bruce’s Newcastle are also said to be monitoring the availability of Mandi, who has been at Betis since 2016.
He featured regularly for the LaLiga side last season, making 30 appearances in all competitions.